The Heritage Center has launched a series of interviews with persons who have been either members of pioneer, Japanese immigrant families or long-time residents on the Monterey Peninsula. The purpose of these interviews is to collect information about the Japanese and Japanese American experience and to understand more fully the nature and impact of that experience. Videos of this series of Family Stories will be placed in the Heritage Museum archives and will be made available to schools and general public.
The interviews will be videotaped thereby providing voice and image records to add to the JACL/HC archives. The interviews will supplement existing documents and information gained from other sources including the Honor the Nisei project and The Japanese of the Monterey Peninsula, a book written and published by the JACL Oral History Committee.
On February 20, 2016, Saturday, the first in this series of interviews was conducted with the Yoshida/Yamamoto family involving interviewees representing three generations. This event was held at the JACL Hall, starting at 1:00 p.m. The Hall is located at 424 Adams Street (across from Jacks baseball park) in Monterey, Ca. Future interviews for Family Stories will be announced here. The public is welcome to attend.